WASHINGTON (February 23, 2010) — The Fund for Investigative Journalism is proud to announce it has received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, based in Oklahoma City.

The grant will support reporters working on investigative stories that focus on their states and local communities. It also will provide funds for investigations done by reporters in the ethnic media.

“This grant will address a pressing need for watchdog reporting in regions where newsroom cutbacks have hollowed out investigative staffs and in communities covered by the ethnic media,” said Brant Houston, president of the Fund.

Houston said the Foundation, www.journalismfoundation.org, is playing a key role in ensuring that investigative reporting continues to flourish across the nation by supporting the Fund and other nonprofit journalism efforts.